NFL.com has begun its third annual “Making the Leap” series, and placed quarterback Geno Smith at No. 19 on the list.
Smith, who has been inconsistent in his first two years in New York, has the potential to be an “acceptable” NFL quarterback, according to Gregg Rosenthal. With a strong December and new offensive coordinator in Chan Gailey, Smith could improve his play in 2015.
Though he is only 24, it feels like the book has already been written on Smith because of his propensity for big mistakes under pressure. But after being viewed as a punchline for two seasons, Geno is now in a perfect position to develop into a midlevel starter who survives a full 16-game slate. After a brutal start to his career, that would be quite a leap.
Smith has thrown 25 touchdowns and 34 interceptions in his first two NFL seasons.
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Let me preface this by saying that I love all the Around the NFL writings and that I am a devoted podcast listener, but the making the leap series makes me wince based on the track record
. They even make fun of themselves about it. With that said, I am always happy to see hope when it comes to national writers and the Jets.
Rosenthal paints a rosy picture in the article and there are lots of reasons for hope based on how Geno played during that last month, but let’s remember that the run still came with moments like this one in the season finale against the Dolphins.
It would be the best thing for the organization if they could put the quarterback issue to bed for the next 5-10 years and while there’s still more hope because Geno has the potential to make significant improvement this season. But the point is that time is no longer a luxury. If Geno is going to make the leap, it has to be now or never with the New York Jets.
Corey Griffin and Brian Bassett are flipping their playbook to defense.
Doug Farrar, NFL Writer for Sports Illustrated, joins the show (9:40) to help break down and analyze the Jets new D under Todd Bowles and Kacy Rodgers.
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Jets WR Brandon Marshall spoke at the NFL’s rookie symposium in Aurora, Ohio, on Monday to shed light on the responsibilities each rookie will have on and off the field as they become acclimated to the NFL landscape (June 22).
The symposium is a four-day mandatory event for rookies to learn the sport’s history and how to handle certain situations.
The NFL has gotten more former and current players to speak at the symposium over the years. Former Jet Curtis Martin is scheduled to be a guest speaker at the symposium on Tuesday.
Marshall, who went through the symposium when he was a rookie in 2006, said having NFL players talk allows for rookies to gain a fresher idea for what they’re getting themselves into.
“When you have your peers come in and talk to you, and you can relate, and they’ve been where you’ve been, they’re at where you’re at, I think it hits them from a different perspective,” Marshall told NFL Network’s Tiffany Blackmon (June 22). “Sometimes it’s more effective.”
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Many of the rookies might be young enough where they don’t really know about Curtis Martin and his gut-wrenching story of overcoming adversity. We are sure his words will be powerful for the rookies to hear, whether they know his story or are hearing it for the first time. As far as the current Jets, if anyone can speak some truth into the lives of the rookies, it would have to be Marshall. Marshall is a known elite player to the rookies, one who has very publicly spoken about his diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.
One of the best things about this Jets team this year is the return of a number of stable veteran players who can speak with authority in the locker room and meeting room. Jets like Marshall and Antonio Cromartie will be able to share their experiences to help other players learn from their tough times and mistakes. Having that sort of leadership has been hard to come by on the Jets in the last three to five years.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comEvery Tuesday between now and training camp, I will try to post a “numbers that matter” article. Full credit to Sheil Kapadia at PhillyMag.com who does this every week on his beat with the Eagles and who was the inspiration for this post!
Here are five New York Jets numbers that matter this week:
111 — The number of targets Rotoviz projects Eric Decker to have in the New York Jets offense this season. Yes, while that number is slightly down from his 115 targets of 2014, it accounts for the entrance of Brandon Marshall to the offense and doesn’t account for the efficiency boost Decker will get from improved QB play and Brandon Marshall taking attention away from him.
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Sal Alosi, the former Jets strength coach who tripped a Dolphins player in 2010, was the UCLA coach that rapper Sean Combs allegedly attacked with a kettlebell Monday in Los Angeles. To read more of this story, click here
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With six weeks of silence between now and the start of New York Jets training camp we tackle a number of great questions from your our readers. Who will be the biggest impact maker this year? What are the defensive differences are between Todd Bowles and Rex Ryan? We also cry ourselves to sleep trying to unpack a Devin Smith prop and much more.
Thanks to the many questions that came in. This one took a little longer than expected but I’ll try and get them up earlier on Monday morning going forward. If your question was not answered here today, please try again next week!
Here we go.
Bass, what do you see as the difference in the Jets defense with Bowles as compared to Rex in terms of strengths and weaknesses? They are both similar, but Bowles seems more willing to adapt on the fly due to the offensive opponent and more concerned with pass defense, where Rex was hard against the run? Do you see a top 5 defense in both the run and pass defense? Thanks!
— Uncle Joe
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